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Tourists run from black bears in Yellowstone National Park

Tourists in Yellowstone National Park got a little too close to a mama bear’s cubs and ended up running for safety.

A black bear chased after onlookers with cameras after they surrounded three cubs on a road in the Montana section of the park last Wednesday.

In a video released by Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, people run as the mother bear zigzags across the road and visitors scramble to get into their cars.

Someone yells, “Go! Keep moving!”

The tourists were “very much in danger,” Bob Gibson, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Communication and Education Program Manager, told USA TODAY Network.

“The most dangerous place is between a mom and her cubs,” Gibson said.

He says the cubs were about 13 months old so the mother was not as protective as she would have been with new cubs.

“If they had been born in the last few days it could have been much worse,” Gibson said.

The incident is a reminder that “wildlife can be unpredictable,” Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wrote in a Facebook post.

Gisbon said people should remember that “wildlife and people don’t mix well.” The park requires visitors to “stay at least 100 yards away from bears.”

Lower fares for families traveling in economy

Abolition of kids’ APD starts tomorrow

Families with kids will fly for less from tomorrow with the abolition of Air Passenger Duty on economy flights for children under 12.

It typically means a family of four (with two children under 12) will save £26 on flights to Europe and £142 on flights to long haul destinations such as the US, Thailand and Australia.

Announced in the Autumn Statement late last year, following a ‘Scrap the Tax on Family Flights’ initiative by the Fair Tax on Flying campaign, the cut comes into effect on May 1.

However, children travelling in any other class than economy remain chargeable passengers and APD is due.

Airlines and travel companies have refunded or will refund APD on flights for under 12s that were booked and paid for before the reductions were announced.

There are now just two bands for APD: Band A where destinations are 0-2,000 miles from London and Band B where destinations are over 2,000 miles away.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Whilst this is undoubtedly good news for holidaymakers, British travellers still face the highest air taxes on air travel anywhere in Europe.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015